Find it hard to recover after training? Feeling tired? Feeling stressed? Find it hard to sleep?
Do you see the pattern?
Maybe you should be adding extra magnesium to your diet. Magnesium may help your muscles to relax, contribute to less muscle fatigue, improve your sleep quality, and improve your body’s fluid regulation.
Magnesium is a nutrient that belongs to the group of alkaline earth metals. It’s soluble and the third most common mineral in the ocean. In the human body, the highest levels of magnesium are in our teeth and skeleton, but also in our blood and muscles. It plays a huge part in many central bodily functions.
Vitamins and minerals play a huge role in how well your body works. For example, if we don’t get enough magnesium, we can’t assimilate the mineral calcium. Magnesium and calcium need each other, as they interact, counteract and balance each other.
“What food contains magnesium?” did you say? Great question! Kale, avocado, sesame seeds, dark chocolate, buckwheat, soya beans, and cashew nuts are just some of them. But a lot of the food we eat has been processed and has therefore lost up to 80% of the vitamins and minerals. Also, if you drink a lot of coffee and tea you are in even bigger need of magnesium supplements, as they are diuretics.
A healthy person should have around 300-450mg magnesium supplement daily, but if you already have lack of it you can take up to 600mg daily (and yes, you have too much magnesium. So if you are taking supplements, do not use more than recommended.)